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Millions of spine surgeries are successfully performed each year. If you are suffering from chronic back pain, a herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, or another spine issue, you may have had a doctor recommend spinal surgery as treatment.

Back and neck pain brings countless numbers of people into their doctors’ offices every year seeking relief. Though many problematic issues of the back and neck can be treated with less invasive treatments such as physical therapy, injections, and medication, sometimes, surgery is the best option to attain long-term, dramatic relief.

But not all spine surgeries are necessary and sometimes even if surgery is necessary there may be a newer more appropriate approach. If you’ve seen a spinal or orthopedic surgeon in the past who has recommended spine surgery, you should make sure that you are completely informed about your choices. There are a multitude of different spine surgery procedures that are possible for a single condition. So how do you choose which one is right for you?

   

BICMD’s experienced spine specialists can help you wade through the massive amount of complex information regarding different spine surgeries, discerning the subtle differences between each, and helping you choose the one that fits your condition, age, health, and lifestyle best. We always guide you toward procedures that will provide you with the most positive outcomes and the shortest amount of downtime, while minimizing surgical risks.

On-demand spine surgery consultations

BICMD is committed to providing compassionate, top-quality medical care to patients all over the country - quickly and efficiently. You should never have to wait weeks for an appointment! That’s why we connect you to the private spinal surgery physician of your choice quickly, so you can get the second opinion you need sooner and get back to your active life.

Conditions We Treat

Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion | ACDF

An ACDF, or an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion is a surgical treatment that involves removing a degenerated or herniated cervical disc (in the neck) and fusing that segment of the cervical spine. The purpose of an ACDF, sometimes referred to as a cervical decompression, is used to restore cervical spine stability. anterior means the surgery is done from the front of the neck; cervical, indicates where in the spine (neck area); discectomy, means to remove a disc; and fusion, is the process of permanently join two bones together to create stability.
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Cervical Disc Herniation

The spine is separated into three sections: cervical spine, thoracic spine, and lumbar spine. The cervical spine (neck area) is made up of seven upper vertebrae (numbered C-1 through C-7), which attach to the skull and hold up the head. The base of the c-spine connects to the thoracic spine at the upper back, near the shoulder.
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Cervical Disc Replacement

In the past, most surgeons would surgically correct cervical disc disease by replacing the disc with an artificial material and fuse the upper and lower vertebrae together. A potential problem with fusion can be the propensity for adjacent bones to degenerate above and below the fusion. (Also called adjacent level disease). Newer technology and the advancement of replacement materials and methods have now made it possible to replace the disc without fusing the vertebrae together.

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Cervical Spinal Stenosis (Myelopathy)

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spaces in the spine, which leads to pinched or compressed nerves that result in pain and numbness. Spinal stenosis surgery strives to release the pressure on the affected nerves to restore healthy nerve function and eliminate or reduce pain.
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Degenerative conditions of the lumbar and cervical spine

Degenerative disc disease occurs when the discs that cushion the vertebrae in the spine begin to break down. These discs can wear out and cause pain for a number of reasons. They can dry out, making them flatter so that they provide less cushion to the bones of the spine. Spinal discs can also crack, split, bulge or slip out of place. The standard surgical treatment for degenerative disc disease is spinal fusion, though artificial disc surgery is becoming a popular option as well.
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Failed back surgery

If you’ve already undergone back surgery but have not achieved the results you desired, BICMD can help. Pain after back surgery means that some aspect of your anatomy is still not in the proper condition or position. We can help you choose the right surgery to finally achieve pain-free results.

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Lumbar Disc Herniation

The lumbar spine is located in the lower back and is made up of the 5 lower vertebrae and the sacral spine (4 tiny bones that make up the coccyx (tail bone)). The lumbar vertebrae are numbered L-1 through L-5 and is the most common area for a herniated disc. The experts at BICMD are the “best-in-class” orthopedic spine specialists in the country. They can diagnose lumbar spine conditions through a telemedicine visit and will offer the best treatment advice for your individual back pain, disc herniation or other spinal condition.
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Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Lumbar spinal stenosis, also called central stenosis, is a condition that occurs in the lumbar (lower back) area of the spine. The lower spine is made up of five lumbar vertebrae that house the spinal cord, an intricate bundle of nerves, (part of the central nervous system) which originates from the brain and travels through the spinal canal.
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Lumbar Fusion

Lumbar fusion is a surgical procedure used to permanently connect two or more of the vertebrae (spinal bones) in the lower back. The goal of lumbar fusion is to create one single solid bone that is “fused” together. Lumbar fusion is done to eliminate painful motion and to restore stability to the spine. Lumbar spinal fusion should only be considered when your surgeon can pinpoint the exact source of your lower back pain.
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Scoliosis

Scoliosis is an unnatural curvature of the spine. When seen from the back, the spine of a scoliosis patient will present as some sort of S shape, rather than straight up and down. The surgical treatment for scoliosis is typically a spinal fusion surgery. In spinal fusion surgery, the spine is straightened and then held in its new position via a combination of carefully placed rods and screws.

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Spinal cord injuries

A spinal cord injury is a serious condition that requires expert care. Though there are no current treatments to reverse damage to an injured spinal cord, surgery is often required to prevent or minimize any further damage. The type and extent of the spinal cord injury dictates what kind of spinal surgery is the appropriate treatment.

Spinal Tumors and Cysts

Don’t see your condition listed?

The list above contains some of our most commonly seen conditions that require spinal surgery, but it is by no means exhaustive. Our doctors are orthopedic and spinal surgery specialists that handle the same wide variety of injuries and conditions that an in-person specialist would. Whatever injury, illness or condition has led you to seek out spinal surgery, our doctors can address.

Who are our providers?

Our elite team of spine surgery specialists are licensed, board-certified, and specially trained to handle spinal surgery consultations via telemedicine. Attending some of the most prestigious medical schools in the country and around the globe, our doctors also boast distinguished medical residencies, membership and leadership in prominent medical boards, and extensive experience in the field.

WHAT IF I NEED SURGERY?

We always strive to help our patients recover from their conditions with the most conservative approach available. However, sometimes surgery is the best option for full healing. If you need surgery for a spinal injury, scoliosis, degenerative disc disease, a herniated disc, or some other spine-related condition BICMD can connect you with the best spine surgeon in your area.

  • Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion
  • Cervical Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Laminoplasty
  • Lumbar microdiscectomy
  • Lumbar laminectomy
  • Lumbar fusion
    • Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (LLIF)
    • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)
    • Laminectomy, Fusion – Instrumented
    • Minimally Invasive Approach (PLIF)
    • Minimally Invasive Approach (TLIF)
  • Scoliosis correction

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